The Prairie Home boys and girls basketball teams notched two wins in CCAA action last night by beating the Higbee Tigers by the scores of 43-37 and 46-35, respectively.
The Lady Panthers, 9-13 overall and 2-4 in the conference, led Higbee 19-15 at the half and then outscored the Tigers 27-20 in the second half.
Prairie Home coach Linda Scott said the big problem of the night was free throws, as the Lady Panthers hit only 12 of 27 shots.
“We battled tonight,” Scott said. “We had two starters on the bench most of the night with foul problems, but we found a way to come home with a win.”
Makayla Zey led the scoring attack in the game for Prairie Home with 12 points. Kendra Stinson chipped in nine while Katlynn Watson and Krista Small added eight points each, Brooke Emmerich with five and Josie Flood and Ally Small each with two.
As for the Prairie Home boys, they actually trailed Higbee 15-3 after first period’s end before rallying back with a 13-7 scoring edge in the second quarter to cut the lead to six at 22-16. Meanwhile, in the second half, the Panthers outscored Higbee 27-15 to win the game by six.
Kody Utterback had the game-high for Prairie Home, who improved to 12-11 overall and 2-3 in the CCAA, with 13 points. Sam Distler and Trever Huth had 12 points each while Klay Holliday chipped in six.
For Higbee, Devin Cook had 14 points while Austin Nelson tossed in eight.
Prairie Home coach Jesse Oswald said this was a very sluggish game. “We didn’t show up ready to play and Higbee did,” Oswald said. “We didn’t have any fire or intensity in the first half and Higbee did. We were lucky enough to turn things around at halftime but it was just about as ugly of a game as I’ve seen in my two years here at Prairie Home.